Highly technological machines are invading our lives and separating us from personal relationships. The balance between the use of technology for human advantage and developing valued human relationships has yet to equal, and we continue to subject ourselves to a rapidly growing sense of depersonalization. The New Social Disease is about how we personalize our computers and associated technologies while depersonalizing others and ourselves. The well-researched content will provide readers with insights into how the increased use of technology-mediated communications has affected the way in which we live our lives, resulting in loneliness, depression, social isolation, and ultimately a rise in uncivil behaviors based upon frustration hopelessness and the devaluation of human life. Authors Laura, Marchant, and Smith explore the prevalence of uncivil behaviors in the world and in our schools, combined with increased physical and mental health problems, in an aim to explore the depersonalization of the school curriculum and provide ways to repersonalize education contexts.
Ronald S. Laura is Professor of Education at the University of Newcastle, Australia and a Perc Fellow of Harvard University. Timothy Marchant is a K-6 teacher in the Hunter Region. Susen R. Smith is Lecturer in Education at the University of New England, Australia.
Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Acknowledgements Chapter 4 Introduction: High Tech Depersonalization: Has Technology Stolen Your Soul? Chapter 5 1: Technological Connections: Are You Too Plugged In? Chapter 6 2: Technological Texturing of the Modern World Chapter 7 3: Technologization of Education Chapter 8 4: Depersonalization and the Internet Chapter 9 5: Incivility Chapter 10 6: Exploring the Implications of Depersonalization for Mental Health Chapter 11 7: Hidden Dangers: The Physical Impacts Chapter 12 8: Educational and Social Ramifications of Computer-Based Temporality Chapter 13 9: Reconceptualizing Knowledge as Connectivity, Expresses Empathetically Chapter 14 10: Towards a Better Life: Survival of the Soul Chapter 15 Bibliography Chapter 16 Index